Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County (Madison, WI)



  • Name:Ms. Sandy Morales
  • Title:Fund Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
  • Address:2059 Atwood Ave #2
    Madison, WI 53704
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(608) 661-5437

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  • Mission:
  • As the premier mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationships that change a child's life for the better, forever.

  • Overview:
  • BBBS serves Madison’s youth through two mentoring programs: community-based and school-based (Schools Friends) mentoring. The community-based mentoring program is a traditional mentoring program where adult mentors are carefully screened and matched with children from the community. To enroll into this program, parents or guardians self-identify their children as having the need for an adult mentor. Matching an adult to a child is based on an in-depth assessment of interests, personality and location completed by our professionally trained enrollment specialists. Then, with the professional support of the BBBSDC staff, the “Match” (relationship between volunteer and child) grows their relationship through “fun with a purpose” activities which incorporates learning into every outing.

    The School Friends program is a school-based mentoring program where adult mentors come on a weekly basis to the schools of the students. BBBS currently partners with 7 Madison Elementary and Middle Schools and 4 Sun Prairie Middle Schools to provide school-based one-to-one mentoring to students attending those schools. Through school-based mentoring, volunteers offer children and youth individualized time and attention on a consistent basis, with the venue being the child’s school rather than the community. Teachers and social workers identify children who can most benefit from an extra caring adult in their lives. Volunteers and children meet regularly during the school year – typically each week, utilizing the resources available within the school: computer labs, the library, the gym, a classroom, or the schoolyard.

    The success of the BBBS program is directly related to our ability to use data and research to continually demonstrate and improve our effectiveness. We use a system developed and continuously being improved upon by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The Outcomes Evaluation System measures our progress in the following 3 areas: Retention (avoiding volunteer/child turnover), Strength (quality of Match) and outcome surveys (Youth Outcome Survey (YOS)). Results from the YOS data are included with the grant report. These surveys provide data about the impact of BBBS mentoring on the lives of children in our program by asking questions that assess child development in core competencies identified by independent researchers as key indicators of a child’s success as an adult.

    In addition, on a monthly basis Big Brothers Big Sisters tracks key data areas to ensure we are providing services to families and volunteers in an efficient and quality manner. Areas that are tracked include average Match length (the amount of time that a child and volunteer are paired together in a mentoring relationship), number of Matches that close, and 6 month retention rate (i.e. number of matches that remain active after reaching the 6 month milestone). Tracking these key areas is critical to observing patterns in the program in order to assess and improve upon service provision and ultimately ensure that the children in our program are being supported to achieve their goals.

    In 2014, we have continued to implement and improve our strategies that increase Average Match Length. In 2013, on average, children matched to a volunteer stayed together (Average Match Length) for 3 years. (Our local program continues to outpace the Big Brothers Big Sisters national average by about 1 year.) We focus on this specific number because an independent research study conducted by Harris Interactive® within the United States between March 3 and April 16, 2009, shows a strong correlation between the ability of a child to break the cycle of poverty and the length of time that child was in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. The Harris Interactive study found that the more time, over 2 years, a child is in a mentoring relationship the more likely they will be to: earn a $75,000 annual income, earn a 4 year degree and own their own home.

    At the local level, BBBS continues to be part of the solution in Dane County. BBBS measures over 40 points of youth development. Evaluation results from 2013 confirm that Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to have a tremendous impact on the lives of the Littles in our programs.

  • History:
  • BBBS has been making meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers and children since 1966. As an affiliate of an established national non-profit organization that has served youth since 1901, BBBS incorporates years of experience, learning, and a positive culture to provide an invaluable service to traditionally underserved communities and children in Dane County.

    Unfortunately the situation for youth in Dane County continues to worsen. According to the Madison Metropolitan School District website, in the last six years the percentage of children on free or reduced lunch has increased from 40% to 50%. In other words, this means that almost 3,000 MMSD students have entered poverty in only the last six years. At BBBS we work on a long-term strategy that will change this trend by serving the youth who need us the most which we define as children from single parent homes, low-income households, and/or have an incarcerated parent. Our ultimate goal is that children who are mentored by an adult through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County break the cycle of poverty.

  • Year established:1966
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:39-1077783

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:391077783
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:2059 ATWOOD AVE
  • Organization City:MADISON
  • Organization State:WI
  • Organization Zip:53704-5386
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1975
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):321, 328, 349
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boys Club, Little League, etc., Combat juvenile delinquency, Other youth organization or activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$584,090
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$999,318
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$880,276
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:21:42 pm

This information is directly from the IRS Exempt Organization Business Master File at Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract. This information is not under the control of the Common Grant Application and is collected and compiled and can only be changed by the IRS.